Elected council members serve two-year terms and join five appointed members to make up the 14-seat council.

Three new members will join the Cooper County Extension Council this year, and Carol Norman will return for her second term.

Mary Barile, Sarah Friedrich and Norman were elected to fill the three open seats for district one, which includes Boonville and Blackwater zip codes. Barile, who writes about history, and Friedrich, the deputy recorder of deeds for Cooper County, will replace Paula Sims and Dawn McDowell on the council. Norman, who works as a registered nurse, is returning to the council.

Joshua Siegel was elected to fill the only open seat in district two, which includes all areas of Cooper County outside of the Boonville and Blackwater zip codes. Siegel, a crop insurance sales manager who runs a cow-calf operation, will replace Robert Gander on the council.

Elected council members serve two-year terms and join five appointed members to make up the 14-seat council. The council is responsible for overseeing the Cooper County Extension office, which includes three main responsibilities, according to its website:

Determining the educational needs of the county and working with Extension staff to plan educational programs. Working with the Cooper County Commission to prepare the Extension budget. Approving the Extension specialists assigned to work in Cooper County and hiring other staff.

The council meets at the Cooper County Extension Center, 510 Jackson Road, Suite A, Boonville, at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of February, March, May, July, August, September, November and December.